Fiesta de San Fermín Madness – parades of giants, dancing on the streets and Sangria parties

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Running with the bulls is definitely one of the craziest things I have done in my life. I still remember waking up at 5 a.m. to get ready for the run. After reaching the starting point, the wait before the actual run was a true test of our willingness to participate. It felt like we had all the time in the world to reconsider and reflect on our life choices. There were thousands of thoughts going on in my head as the feeling of uncertainty and nervousness regarding what might happen if we fell or something went wrong became more and more intense. And then there was the first rocket boom. My heart almost skipped a beat after hearing the second boom. In that split second, when everyone was jumping up and down to see where the bulls were, I cleared my head, focused on my breathing and calmed myself to face the fear. In that very second, I could feel the vibration in the ground as thousands of people were running towards us. In the middle of all the madness, I heard the sounds of the bells tied to bulls’ necks. The sound of people screaming with panic and their feet stomping on the ground as they tried to run for their lives boosted our adrenaline rush. From where we began, it took us barely 20-30 seconds to enter the ring and finish the run. Once we entered the ring, we were pulled in by the local crowd who were already in the arena.

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